Jennifer Pastore

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We previously demonstrated that transient stromal cell-derived factor-1 alpha (SDF-1) improved cardiac function when delivered via cell therapy in ischemic cardiomyopathy at a time remote from acute myocardial infarction (MI) rats. We hypothesized that non-viral gene transfer of naked plasmid DNA-expressing hSDF-1 could similarly improve cardiac function.(More)
Stem cell therapy for the prevention and treatment of cardiac dysfunction holds significant promise for patients with ischemic heart disease. Excitingly early clinical studies have demonstrated safety and some clinical feasibility, while at the same time studies in the laboratory have investigated mechanisms of action and strategies to optimize the effects(More)
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE The Institute of Medicine has identified medical error as a leading cause of death and injury, with deaths resulting from medical error exceeding those caused by motor vehicle collisions, breast cancer, or AIDS. The authors examined the incidence and sources of medical error in relation to adverse events on a pediatric general surgery(More)
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